Wednesday, January 30, 2013

THE PREY is released!

The Prey hit the shelves in bookstores yesterday, and I had a pretty great time visiting a couple of local Barnes & Noble stores. I still get a thrill in seeing my book - now books! - on the shelves. I remember when I was still an aspiring author how I used to walk the aisles with something like reverence for the books around me, and wonder if I would ever be so skilled and fortunate enough to have my own book in Barnes & Noble one day.

It was a slightly different feeling this time compared to eight months ago when The Hunt was published.  Back then, it was more a oh crap, that's my book there! kind of feeling, completely adrenaline-filled and super-charged. This time round, it was still a thrill, but there was more a deep-seated sense of pride and achievement. I feel really good about The Prey, and if anything, I've proven to myself that The Hunt wasn't just a fluke, and that I have a career to look forward to. Holding my book in the bookstore yesterday, I had this really quiet, special moment when I closed my eyes - I felt grateful and blessed to be on this life path I'm on now. I'm looking forward to the coming years, to the books I will write, the worlds I will plunge into, the characters I will get to know and come to care about, and to connecting with hopefully many readers around the world.

(Image courtesy of Dan at

Friday, January 11, 2013

First blog reviews for THE PREY!

Hey, the first blog reviews for The Prey are in! For most authors, no matter how much the agent or editor or in-house publishing house team have raved about the book, you're always a bit antsy. How will the reading public receive this book? How will fans of the first book, The Hunt, receive it? So the first blog reviews are always highly anticipated and very closely read.

Well, I'm so happy to report that so far, so good! Two reviews, one from the US, the other from the UK, have rolled in, and they're both glowing!

One of my favorite reviewers, Danny from Bewitched Bookworms, gave it 5 out of 5 stars (or in her case, dolls!). Danny stated that The Prey is "a thrilling and creepy ride that kept me glued to the pages and  barely left me time to catch a breath."

Another favorite blog site, Writing From The Tub, was equally generous. "The Prey is triumphant. Possibly even better than The Hunt. Either way, it's incredible . . . This series has gone from strength to strength and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final installment. I have no idea where the story is going but I love the mystery and Fukuda has absolutely nailed the perfect cliffhanger."